21 Days to Form a Habit

Fitness I've been working out (like actually working out) since mid-January and I'm finally starting to see and feel the results! I used to be a simple yoga and cardio girl, but ever since I added lifting free weights and doing squats to my routine, I'm hooked. In the past I stayed away from weights because I was afraid of bulking up. Now I feel silly because it has taken almost 2 months for me to see the slightest hint of definition. I find that working the right areas and eating well/throwing in some cardio make it easier to stay toned. I feel much stronger and much more confident with a little extra muscle. WHY did it take this long to figure this out?! Here is the work-out routine I normally stick to at the gym: 30 minutes Stairmaster/treadmill/stationary bike mix (sometimes I only feel like 1 machine, other times all 3) 3 sets of 10 reps seated pull for back (?) 3 sets of 10 reps Peck Deck (yes, it is called that haha - you grasp two handles on either side of your body and pull the levers together, working your arms and chest) 2 sets of 10 reps front lat pull-down 3 sets of 10-15 reps squats (bar plus 20-25lb weights) 3 sets of 10 reps dead-lifts (bar plus 15-20lb weights) 2 sets of 20 reps calf press on the leg press machine Yoga stretching and abs *Sometimes I throw in some free weight lunges. *I stay away from bicep curls because of an elbow injury. Eventually I'd like to better customize my routine to include more core strengthening exercises.┬áNow that I am on the right fitness track, I have to work on making sure I am eating well! One of my current goals is to drink at least 1 glass of milk per day. It doesn't sound hard, but it's been a challenge. Osteoporosis runs in my family and I really need to maintain strong bones while I am young!    
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Spring Clarity

I have a confession to make: I rock at life and I suck at blogging about it. It would make sense to write prolifically at this time, but the truth is I've been holding back. Having left a job at the beginning of the year, much of my life has consisted of searching for another one and trying to carve out a career path that I am truly passionate about. I've been attending interviews and filling the gaps with anything and everything to keep myself from becoming bored. And I honestly have not been bored yet. This transition phase has granted me time to do the things I love most: creative writing, baking, puttering around the house, visiting family, and catching up with long-distance friends. My good fortune does not go without recognition. Without support and savings I would not be enjoying my time off as much as I do now. All of my soul-searching has paid off and I have landed myself another job. (Yay!) Luckily for me I have another month sans work before training begins. Oh the places I'll see, the goodies I'll bake, the home renos I'll do! I'm very excited for this next chapter of my life. Lots of changes are in store and I have redesigned my blog in anticipation. Fresh new start, fresh new look!        
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